📆 Monday, September 11th – Wednesday, September 13th
📍 T-Mobile Park: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle
The Mariners are the hottest team in baseball right now, so if you’re not in the know, it’s good to freshen up on some of their team-specific lingo.
Some are self-explanatory, such as the J-Rod Squad, the No Fly Zone, and Eugenio Suárez’s catchphrase “Good Vibes Only.” Then there’s the next tier, which includes Los Bomberos (referring to our squad of relief pitchers), La Piedra (All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo), and Big Dumper (the Jarred Kelenic-coined nickname for catcher/designated hitter Cal Raleigh, who “brings the booty and the bombs”). I personally love Chaos Ball (#embracethechaos), which refers to the oft-bizarre way the Mariners can turn the game around on plays that one simply cannot anticipate.
But that’s all based around the players themselves. What about the crowd? Why, they’re the Electric Factory, of course. The phrase, invented by former Mariner Jesse Winker in response to the enthusiastic fans at their 2022 home opener, went viral around here. “This place is an electric factory, man,” he told the on-air commentators. “As a player, this is the kind of atmosphere you dream about playing in front of all year round.”
It became a rallying cry during the Mariners’ breakout 2022 season and, to celebrate their unbelievable follow-up year, it’s back in fashion both figuratively and literally. If you think you’re one of the loud, passionate, loyal people Winker’s talking about, come to the September 16th game against the Dodgers and be one of the first 15,000 fans to pick up a free Electric Factory T-shirt. If you can’t make it early enough, that’s okay, because you still get to see presumptive National League MVP Mookie Betts play this beautiful game called baseball, even if he’s playing for the other team.